Abstract Title:

Regulatory effects of berberine on microRNome in Cancer and other conditions.

Abstract Source:

Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2017 Aug ;116:147-158. Epub 2017 Jun 13. PMID: 28693796

Abstract Author(s):

Seyed Hasan Ayati, Badrieh Fazeli, Amir Abbas Momtazi-Borojeni, Arrigo F G Cicero, Matteo Pirro, Amirhossein Sahebkar

Article Affiliation:

Seyed Hasan Ayati


Berberine (BBR) is an isoquinoline alkaloid found in different plant families such as Berberidaceae, Ranunculaceae, and Papaveraceae. BBR is well-known for its anti-inflammatory, lipid-modifying, anticancer, anti-diabetic, antibacterial, antiparasitic and fungicide activities. Multiple pharmacological actions of BBR stem from different molecular targets of this phytochemical. MicroRNAs (miRs) are single-stranded, evolutionary conserved, small non-coding RNA molecules with a length of 19-23 nucleotides that are involved in RNA silencing and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression through binding to the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of target mRNA. MiRs emerged as important regulatory elements in almost all biological processes like cell proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation and organogenesis, and numerous human diseases such as cancer and diabetes. BBR was shown to regulate the expression of miRs in several diseases. Here, we reviewed the target miRs of BBR and the relevance of their modulation for the potential treatment of serious human diseases like multiple myeloma, hepatocellular carcinoma, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, ovarian cancer and glioblastoma. The role of miR regulation in the putative anti-diabetic effects of BBR is discussed, as well.

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